The reduction of petrol, diesel and LPG prices is a welcome move and it will definitely help in bringing down the prices of essential commodities, if the passenger and goods transport operators pass on the relief to the consumers. At the same time, the petroleum products will be cheaper if the State government reduce its tax rates. But, the State government seems to be unwilling to forego the windfall gain in revenues when the fuel prices are hiked, in fact, even when the Centre slashed its excise duty. Further, there is the matter of providing universal subsidy on petrol and diesel covering both the fuel guzzling luxury cars and common means of transport like two-wheelers should be resolved immediately.

O. Parvathi,


Resolve EC issue

It is a matter of grave concern that the prestige of Election Commission has come under a cloud. Political parties have successfully divided the Election Commission to suit their needs. Obviously both CEC and EC are close to the opposition and the ruling party.

The unprecedented move of the CEC N. Gopalaswami recommending removal of EC Navin Chawla has created ripples in the constitutional powers and as well as in the political circles. The Election Commission is a constitutional office and has a well-defined mode of appointment and removal of persons holding constitutional office. It is high time that divide in the Election Commission be resolved.

K. Kranti Kumar,


Accomplished politician

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K. Chandrasekhar Rao has finally decided to join the Grand Alliance, which has been formed with a sole objective of defeating the Congress in ensuing general elections. He appears to be a consummate politician first throwing his lot with the Congress and then pulling out and now deciding to sail in the anti-Congress camp. But, the TRS chief has definitely thrown the Telangana sentiment to wind for his survival. He should explain the people how could he bring a separate statehood for Telangana by sailing with parties like CPI (M) which are dead against formation of Telangana State.

Md. Younus,


Not a right step

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K. Chandrasekhar Rao has surrendered the prestige of the Telangana people by joining Mahakutami or Grand Alliance, which is dominated by Andhra leaders. What made Mr. Rao to take this step? How can he believe that the CPI (M) leader B. Raghavulu and Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu will support the cause? It appears that Chandrasekhar Rao chose to sail with Andhra leaders as he lost faith in himself after debacle in bye-elections.

V. Vani,